19 April 2016 - 23 April 2016

A unique production of the nation’s favourite Shakespeare play.

Get ready for a very special Midsummer adventure with the nation’s favourite Shakespeare play performed as never before; magically intertwining professional and amateur actors, deep in an enchanted wood on a Midsummer’s night. This full Royal Shakespeare Company production will be joined by The Canterbury Players playing The Mechanicals at the Marlowe Theatre from the 19th - 23rd April 2016.

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7 April 2016 - 9 April 2016

The play takes place around the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa.  It is 1936 and harvest time in County Donegal.  In a cottage just outside the village of Ballybeg live the five unmarried Mundy sisters, who are barely making ends meet.

The only male members of the family are their older brother Jack, a missionary priest, returned after 25 years in Uganda, and Michael, the seven-year-old illegitimate son of the youngest sister.  Their harmonious, if impoverished, lives are disrupted by occasional visits from Michael’s father.

5 November 2015 - 7 November 2015

Tom Stoppards' Arcadia has been cited as one of the greatest plays of modern times.  Set in both 1809 and the present day, the play explores the relationship between the past and the present, the nature of the Universe, order and chaos, love and sex, words and language, wit and intellect.   Arcadia is comedic, thought provoking and moving.

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Sardines Magazine

22 July 2015 - 23 July 2015

The problem with Shakespeare is, in essence, the words. There are just too many of them. You could spend years just seeing all the plays. But what if you could see all of Shakespeare’s plays in one evening? And not the dry, boring, vomitless versions either?

Canterbury Players (or should that be CT Plyrs) are proud to prevent, er, present, their performance of the long running west end hit which aims to show you all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes.  Including doing Hamlet three times.  Once of which is backwards. 

2 April 2015 - 4 April 2015

A comedy by Brandon Thomas set in Oxford in 1882, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley's aunt Donna Lucia to invite their young ladies to their rooms.

When a telegram arrives postponing the vist of his aunt, the boys bribe a friend, Lord Fancourt-Babberley, into impersonating her.

Problems begin when the real aunt turns up under an assumed identity.

6 November 2014 - 8 November 2014

The House of Bernarda Alba, by Spanish playwright  Lorca, is a fantastic piece of theatre. Lean and to the point, with not a single word wasted, this powerful play drives to a tragic conclusion with speed and intensity.

26 June 2014 - 28 June 2014

A cross between high farce and a comedy of manners, Hayfever follows one sultry weekend at the country pile of the dreadfully bohemian Bliss family.

Made up of the exceedingly eccentric Judith, her author husband David, and their adult children, Soral and Simon, the family are used to flitting between dramatic outbursts and familial pleasantries in a blink of an eye.

6 March 2014 - 8 March 2014

The Canterbury Players return to the Playhouse with a hilarious adaptation of Harold Brighouse's famous comedy.

It is 1880, and Henry Horatio Hobson runs a boot shop in Salford. Hobson is a widower, elaborate and domineering, helped in the shop by his three daughters; each of whom is seeking marriage.

6 November 2013 - 8 November 2013

“Alle the Dysk’s a Stage”

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld is a phenomenon of publishing. Over 30 years, and soon to be 40 novels, the series tells fantastic stories in a world remarkably like our own. Except for the magic. And the Turtle carrying the world. And the Elephants. And the Orang-Utan librarian….

19 June 2013 - 21 June 2013

Tis Pity She's a Whore is a tragedy written by John Ford. It was likely first performed between 1629 and 1633, by Queen Henrietta's Men at the Cockpit Theatre

Tis Pity - the rehearsals, a blog post

Tis Pity - the show, a blog post